>Proverbs 1:8-19

In Proverbs, Theology on January 8, 2008 by mstevensrev

>8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
9 for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with plunder;
14 throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse”—
15 my son, do not walk in the way with them;
hold back your foot from their paths,
16 for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
17 For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird,
18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood;
they set an ambush for their own lives.
19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors.

One of the reason that I like this book so much is it is very masculine. What I mean by that is it was written from two perspectives. One a father to his son, on two a teacher to his MBA student. These were used to train up young businessmen in how to act and what to expect. So when adultery is talked about it is always a man committing it, always a man being seduced. There are books written in the Bible that seem very femine to me that I also appreciate so I hope it is not a sexist thing for me.

Here we have the advice of the father being given to the son. It is simple advice. Do not partner with people who are looking to kill someone else for their personal gain. Wow, life changing, but nice to start with a slow pitch so hopefully we will get it. Thos who live this way are greedy for unjust gain and ultimately lie in wait for their own blood, they ambush their own lives. What goes around comes around, call it karma. Today let’s try this easy one do not partner with people who are looking to kill someone for their own gain.


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